Adding to the dilemma the match committee faces is the good VFL form of Zac Smith and Wylie Buzza.
Smith was best on ground against Collingwood in the VFL and Buzza kicked five goals, with the pair on standby if the big man stocks suddenly dwindle.
On Saturday, Geelong coach Chris Scott took the unusual step of virtually guaranteeing Ratugolea his spot against the Suns, conceding he would need some arm twisting to think Ratugolea wasn’t an automatic selection.
“I am a big fan of Esava’s and I will be hard to convince that he shouldn’t be in the team,” Scott said.
However he also admitted to being impressed with the performances of Fort and Abbott.
“We thought [Fort] competed well, got his hands on the ball in the ruck was a genuine target,” Scott said.
“I can’t remember him being outmarked.”
The Cats have not rested players for the sake of it this season, valuing continuity and stability in 2019, and have racked up eight wins in the first nine games.
Geelong consider the position a healthy one for the club, understanding that such dilemmas eventually sort themselves out, with all six players now capable of stepping into the team with experience under their belts.
Pressure forward Tom Atkins is hopeful of also being available for round 10 after missing last week’s match against the Western Bulldogs due to a hip rotator problem, while Patrick Dangerfield is in doubt after rolling his ankle.